Tao Shiatsu (http://www.taoshiatsu.com) is a method of healing developed by Japanese Master Ryokyu Endo, which encompasses significant theoretical and practical developments beyond previous shiatsu methods. Connected to the source of Eastern Medicine, it is a most effective clinical treatment for anyone seeking relief from deep pain, be it physical, emotional or spiritual.

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Shiatsu is an ancient form of Oriental bodywork, which has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, dating back almost 5000 years. Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure", but it incorporates a variety of manual techniques including the stimulation of pressure points with thumbs, palms and feet, gentle stretches and deep-breathing exercises. Working with the energy pathways, or meridians of the body, Shiatsu is designed to bring about balance and harmony to body, mind and spirit.

Shiatsu is given on the floor, on a comfortable futon mattress. No oils are used and the client remains fully clothed.

Shiatsu was conceived in Japan about 70 years ago. It is based on "anma" (traditional Chinese massage) and western techniques of therapeutic bodily manipulation. Shiatsu uses, accelerates and mobilizes the body's natural processes to improve health and prevent disease. Through its work, shiatsu promotes homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is defined as the body's ability to maintain relatively stable internal conditions despite the continual change and flux of the outside world. It is a dynamic internal state of equilibrium, or balance, that the body naturally gravitates toward.

 

How does Shiatsu do this?

The meridians and meridian points are effectively used by shiatsu therapists to provide the opening of our energy channels to the internal systems of the body. The opening of energy channels correlates to reintegrating and re-stabilizing neurovascular and lymphatic channels, and rebalancing secondary electric and magnetic fields of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, these channels are composed of "Ki" (also known as "Chi"). Ki is the universal energy that the universe manifests in all creation.

In the body, Ki is manifested on the meridians. The meridians relate directly to all organic processes in the body and to psychological and spiritual states as well. When the body's energetic balance is disrupted, the body's health becomes compromised. In Shiatsu, we seek to balance the flow of Ki along the meridians. At times the energy or Ki will be blocked and at other times it may be deficient or lacking.

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Through direct pressure on the meridians using thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms and feet, the shiatsu practitioner will aim to enhance and stabilize the flow of Ki along the pathways of the body.

Benefits of Shiatsu

Shiatsu has been used effectively to:

- Alleviate physical pain and discomfort such as muscle tension and backaches
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Reduce stress, anxiety and their effects
- Relieve pre-menstrual symptoms and menstrual problems
- Increase joint flexibility and mobility
- Improve immunity to illness
- Cope with emotional distress or suffering
- Heighten body awareness and self-esteem
- Complement allopathic treatments for medically diagnosed problems
- Boost general energy levels and reduce fatigue
- Improve insomnia and nervousness

Take an active role in your health

As a recipient of Shiatsu massage therapy, you are encouraged to take an active role in your own healing process. Following each session you will be given "homework" which will allow you to continue to work towards your specific goals and well being and to prolong the benefits of the massage.